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8 Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Should Be Your New Best Friend

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It’s easy for those of us on a budget to avoid the latest health and nutrition trends, but this one doesn’t break the bank. For about $4, you can buy yourself a bottle of liquid magic: Apple Cider Vinegar. From treating acne scars and stained teeth, to controlling blood sugar, apple cider vinegar is about to be your best friend. Check out 8 ways apple cider vinegar works naturally to improve your health when used in moderation.

1. It helps with acne

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According to MindBodyGreen, natural apple cider vinegar actually helps regulate the pH of your skin. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water, and dab the mixture on your skin to replace your current toner. If you suffer from acne scars or age spots, leaving a dab of it on overnight will help fade them.

2. It eliminates bad breath

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Although it hasn’t been proven yet by science, people claim gargling apple cider vinegar mixed with water can help kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

3. It can help whiten your teeth

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The pH of the vinegar can help remove stains from your teeth. With your finger, rub the vinegar on your teeth for one minute.

4. It controls your blood sugar

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Although many say apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss, there are no studies that prove this. However, the vinegar can aid controlling blood sugar by blocking some of the digestion of starch, according to WebMD. Keep in mind, apple cider vinegar does not serve as a replacement for any current diabetes medications.

5. It may help prevent cancer

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Apple cider vinegar helps maintain an alkaline pH, which is regarded as anti-cancer, according to Healthline.com.

6. It keeps you staying full for longer

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A study showed that those who drank apple cider vinegar before breakfast were less hungry 90 minutes after their meal than those who drank no apple cider vinegar.

7. It soothes sore throats

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There are tons of home remedies out there to help ease a sore throat, and apple cider vinegar is among one of them. Mix with warm water and gargle every few hours.

8. It makes your hair shiny and smooth

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The vinegar helps with regulating the pH levels of on your scalp and can relieve dandruff and itchy scalp and also helps rid your hair of product build up. Mix apple cider vinegar with water and apply to hair. Let soak for at least ten minutes and then rinse.

Editing Note: This article did not filter through the normal EmpowHER editing and fact checking process. It was checked for spelling and grammar.

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